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A DIY spectroscope for solar observing

Posted: Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:29 am
by rwilkinson
I found this article on a simple DIY project for observing and imaging the sun very interesting - another example of Blue-Peter Technology! ... &Itemid=13

Furthermore, if you don't want to make your own diffraction-filter from an old CD or DVD, then I've found a source of cheap (£2 + postage) proper ready-made grating-film: ... -unmounted

Re: A DIY spectroscope for solar observing

Posted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 4:26 pm
by rwilkinson
I didn't have much success converting an old CD into a diffraction grating, but the proper one which I ordered from CuriousMinds arrived the following day, so I needn't have bothered.

Anyway, I've just built my mk1 prototype, using the 500 lines-per-inch grating film:
Splitting sunlight using the grating
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and so I've been able to compare the spectrum from my fluorescent desk-lamp:
Spectrum from a fluorescent lamp
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with the continous spectrum of daylight:
Continuous spectrum of daylight
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I still need to do some experiments with the slit at the front...

Re: A DIY spectroscope for solar observing

Posted: Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:57 am
by rwilkinson
I've built two of these, which I'll bring along to our next two meetings.
The solar spectrum is bright enough to see even on a cloudy day (but not in the rain, as the cardboard tube is not waterproof!)